1. Denoting a state of actual preference, on the part of a phobic person, for the very situation of which that person is afraid.
2. Opposed to the phobic impulse, as in counterphobic mastery of a feared action by repeated engagement in the action.
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In retrospect, she considers all of this work "counterphobic":
He links her rampant adolescent exhibitionism with counterphobic tendencies and frequently endeavors to show that the photographer made her subjects look how she felt-a term he refers to as "Arbused"-through quotes by former subjects and quotes about these subjects by Arbus herself.
Gilgamesh departs on a frantic counterphobic search for immortality.
You'd have thought a spell of pokey should have seen the counterphobic Jeb rush straight to Rikers Island to beg for a claustrophobic cell with Axe Killer McMurty, but no.
(208) According to James Hepburn, boys and men who have been abused "defend against their feelings of vulnerability through a comportment of self-reliance, detachment and self-denial," counterphobic activities often linked to excessive activity, aggression and antisocial behavior.
Examples of a 'Heimat' discourse beyond the limited horizon of a 'counterphobic conceptualization expressed in regressive imagistic terms' (p.
Overall, however, Blickle's own view of Heimat is almost overwhelmingly negative: 'Heimat constructs', we learn, 'are counterphobic conceptualizations expressed in regressive, imagistic terms' (p.
But the Dionysiaca is also a poem about poor interpersonal relationships and communication (inevitable when all are so narcissistic); the psychology of isolation; (11) exploitation of others and lack of empathy; how applause and recognition must fill the void when there is an inability to love; about struggles for dominance and furious tantrums that manifest in many ways, from formal contests to exchanges of insults; hysterical sensitivity to shame and counterphobic, often preemptive mockery and humiliation of others; exhibitionistic forms of behavior and exhibitionism's frequent counterpart, voyeurism; and shame-prone people enjoying the infliction on others of the narcissistic injuries they most fear suffering themselves.
In addition, these companions sometimes function as "counterphobic objects" to defend the women from the uncontrollable erotic fantasies which would surround her if she were to circulate in public without a male companion.
Underneath, drivers nurse a fear that they are "nothing," and their overt, overambitious behavior is counterphobic. Drivers with social interest are achievers, helping the world and others by being productive (Kopp, 1986).
I was terrified, and what I do when I'm frightened is become counterphobic. Rather than retreat into humiliation, I launched into interrogation mode.